Puerto Vallarta without kids

Parenting is hard work. Sometimes you just need to carve out some time out to rest and recharge and that means playing it low key at a resort. This is exactly what we did when we booked at Garza Blanca Resort in beautiful Puerto Vallarta. We had no expectations other …

Why we all need a little Disneyland Holiday magic

The morning sun is bright and the palm trees stand tall in rows down Disneyland Dr. in Ahaheim, California. I can’t help but feel a little jump of excitement in my stomach. The last few weeks, the anger, fighting and fear in my Facebook feed and on the news has …

24 hours in Walt Disney World with Delta

Sometimes we need to create space for the spontaneous. Walt Disney World and Delta invited our family to take a whirlwind, 24hr pre-holiday trip on Delta’s new inaugural, red-eye direct flight to Orlando from Seattle and we decided to go for it. Did I mention we had 24hrs? Here’s the highlight reel. We laughed, …

Happy New Year 2015: On Turning 40. Writing a book.

What would you do if you were not afraid? That is the question I ask myself each year around January 1, as I’m reviewing my goals from the previous year and setting my intentions and goals for the coming year. Each year, I buy a new paper journal and reserve the …

Mid Century Modern Furniture Retailer Dot & Bo

The anticipation of the Season 7 of Mad Man and the return of Don Draper (the teaser trailer is above. You are welcome) has me perusing mid-century modern furnishings again. I just discovered Dot & Bo, an online retailer that has gorgeous vintage 1950s and 1960s inspired furniture. Dot & …

Travel Dreaming with Mr. Peabody & Sherman starts tomorrow

It is a bit of an understatement to say that animated feature films such as Frozen and The Lego Movie have taken on an unhealthy obsession in our house. Maybe it is the new movie theater down the street, or the rainy Seattle winter. I’ve even created some fun animated …

Putting wellness in #welltraveledfamily | The Spa at Four Seasons Seattle Review

Each year, I do a year-end review of my personal goals. 2013 was filled with lots of joyful opportunities and experiences both for work and with our family. It was also a year of great challenge. Looking ahead to 2014, one of my personal goals is to make health and …

VIDEO: Introducing #ExploreMoreHawaii with Alaska Airlines

Disclosure: This post and video series is part of a paid partnership with Alaska Airlines. As always, the opinions expressed here are my own.  Chances are, if you haven’t already visited the Hawaiian Islands, a family Hawaii vacation is on your travel bucket list. Maybe you’ve spent time on Maui …

San Diego Hotels with kids | Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

Disclosure: We received complimentary accommodations at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina and have an ongoing consulting agreement with Starwood Hotels and Resorts. We were not required to express any opinions about our stay. As always, the opinions here are our own. Our last stop in our long #CaliforniaWeekends road …

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Hip Huntington Beach Hotel | Hipster Surf Style at The Shorebreak Hotel

Disclosure: We received complimentary accommodations at the Shorebreak Hotel and dinner at Zimzala Restaurant during our stay. We were not required to express any opinions about our stay. As always, the opinions here are our own. Next stop on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip took us to Huntington Beach, …

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